Some important things to mention before I get into it:
1. I read the book before seeing the movie. I rarely do this, however I am very glad I did for this one. Having read the book really only prepares you for what is to come (and for the ending). However, I watched the movie with someone who hadn’t read the book and they “enjoyed” the movie about as much as I did. Either way…I recommend you read the book at some point. Before or after the movie. Things will make far more sense.
2. There will be no spoilers in this review. So it will be short, because this is a very difficult story to discuss without giving anything away.
Gone Girl. Where do I start? You’ve heard the reviews, seen the Twitter posts, Facebook statuses, etc. “Crazy!” “Nuts!” “WTF!” “What the hell did I just watch?” “Disturbing.” “I’m creeped out.” All of these reactions are legitimate. I read the book. I knew what was coming. I still had the same thoughts.
Now to address that rumor going around that the author changed the ending of the book for the screen…don’t think too hard on this. The ending is overall the same. Apparently adding a tiny new scene and changing a character’s mindset a bit qualifies as an “alternate ending.” Jack surviving and killing Rose at the end of Titanic is an alternate ending. Get me?
Ben Affleck…perfect as Nick Dunne. He portrays the dumb dorky son of a bitch like no one else can. The awkward smirk. The constant look of confusion. Everything. Thumbs up. Rosamund Pike…probably going to get a ton of nominations for this performance. Her cold stare gave me shivers. I really can’t go into much detail on her character…but damn. This bitch is on another level. Her disappearance…not necessarily a bad thing. Ok that is all I will say.
Did you ever see the movie Zodiac? How about The Social Network? If so, then you know how David Fincher movies are. Dark and eerie. This movie is no exception. Throw in a little disturbing. A dash of shock. Pinch of sex. You’ve got a weird ass blockbuster hit (and a great soundtrack to really put you on edge – nice job Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross). The film stays quite true to the book, adding a bit more R ratedness to it. Let me tell you….there is a sex scene, like no other sex scene that has ever been….ever….or ever should be. You may not want to have sex for a very long time afterward.
Morals of the story:
1. Don’t get married. Ever.
2. Trust no one. Like….no one.
3. Don’t have sex.
4. Don’t smile for pictures.
What you should do? Go see this movie.